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Fr John Flader: The hymn of the three young men

Dear Father, I have a friend who suggests reciting the hymn of the three young men for thanksgiving after Mass. I hadn’t heard of it before but am now saying it and I find it helpful. What is the background to this prayer?
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Syro-Malabar Catholics take advantage of lockdowns

Reading Time: 4 minutesWhile many Sydneysiders spent lockdown homeschooling children or binge-watching TV, the parishioners of Christ the King Syro-Malabar Mission, Villawood, received a mission from the Holy Spirit: handwrite the entire Bible in 40 days. Shiny Sinu, the leader of “Christ Culture” charismatic movement in Sydney, was inspired to undertake the project during prayer. […]
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Mark Shea: The true beauty of justice

I am willing to bet any amount of money that nobody going before the bar, nor anybody running for judge here in the US or appointed to the bench in Australia is ever going to give their legal competence bona fides by ...
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Mark Shea: Names in the Gospels

Last time in this space we looked at the spiritual meaning of names in Scripture.  But there is another aspect to names, particularly in...

Mark Shea: What’s in a Name?

Names are a big deal in Scripture. Hebrew culture and tradition saw names as more than mere labels to slap on people and things...

Mark Shea: Models of the Church: John and the Church of...

This is Part 4 of Mark Shea's series on Models of the Church There’s a little joke about Peter and John running to the tomb. ...

Mark Shea: Models of the Church

Part of my nefarious purpose in doing a series on the Senses of Scripture was to prime the pump for a new discussion on...

Fr Flader Q&A: Literary Forms in the Bible

“Dear Father, In a recent discussion in our Bible study group about the interpretation of the scriptures, someone mentioned that we have to take...

Fr John Flader Q&A: The truthfulness of scripture

“Dear Father, I was recently at a class in which the teacher said that the Bible was truthful only in spiritual matters, not in...

Catholics take up Scripture challenge

Eddie Sallan is one of many Catholics devoting 2021 to reading and reflecting on the Bible and its riches.
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